On 26 June 2008, the National Interagency Fire Center reported 25 uncontained large fires in Northern California and 7 in Southern California. As thousands of firefighters worked to contain the blazes, forecasters warned of fire-favorable weather on the approaching weekend, with dry thunderstorms and hot temperatures.
This natural-color image of Northern California was captured on 26 June 2008, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Terra satellite. Places where MODIS detected active fires are outlined in red. Thick smoke hangs over the Sacramento Valley, although the city of Redding is visible for the first time in several days.
The high-resolution image provided above is at MODIS maximum spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel.